MEP - Vice-President European Parliament / SPD
Dr Katarina Barley is Vice-President of the European Parliament and a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. In the European elections in May 2019, she stood as the top candidate of her party, the SPD. Previously, she was a member of the German Bundestag from 2013 to 2019, during which time she served as SPD Secretary General, Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Executive Minister of Labour, and Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection, among other positions. Before her time in politics, the jurist worked as a lawyer, research assistant at the Federal Constitutional Court and as a judge at Trier District Court and Wittlich District Court. Social justice, democracy and the rule of law as well as a social Europe are core themes of Katarina Barley's politics.